Our athletes knock down the hammer from US over Europe to Australia!

One of the most loaded weekends with Long distance triathlon races of the season! A weekend in which our athletes raced in LD triathlons in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, US and Australia!
Important weekend also for a couple of our athletes with a World championships dream!

The first to hit the water this weekend was Javier (Colombia), putting huge steps past winter and working very accurate it was clear he was ready to do a personal very good race! There was a Kona dream (haven’t almost all LD triathletes have this…) but also realism. Doing a good race, and see what happens!

A very good swim made him step on the bike after 1h01′! On that bike Javier felt good! Living very high in Bogota, Colombia racing low should do good and it was! During training this sometimes is tough, but if there’s a positive effect on raceday…it’s very much a positive point!



This good swim combined with a fast and very well paced bike made Javier come off the bike within top 10. As Cairns is a continental championship…more slots are to be taken! Top 10 would be a certitude!
On the run course Javier had previous bad experiences in IM and wasn’t planning to have this in Cairns! We paced HR wise, which worked out perfectly. The only focus was the focus on himself and a possible place close to IM WC qualification!

Javier running himself towards his first Kona qualification in Cairns!
Strong biking of Javier in Cairns normalizing

Doing a good run and being able to keep the pace in it untill the finishline, temperatures above and around 30°C. In Ironman an athletes must keep going, because the end of the race can be astonishing in all ways. 12th place for Javier and a couple of hours of waiting for the final salvation!
Kona qualification was a fact! The day started perfect!

Obviously happiness for Javier, a dream coming true!

At the moment Javier’s race finished…our athletes in Ironman70.3 Staffordshire, UK hit the water. Not the best racing conditions, which made it a hard race! Both Hannah and Dave are in shape! Hannah could manage some very nice results in Elite cycling races and triathlons earlier this season, Dave prooved himself in his previous 2 triathlons.

Ready and still loading for a cold swim in UK

A very big step forward was made this year. Balance in training is key, if the balance is not there an athlete falls back to underperformance. Always.
Both athletes moved up well during the bikecourse to put down the bike in a position that would be very close to Ironman 70.3 WC qualifcation in Nice, France. And that’s also what happened!


Hannah’s favourite discipline as a former cyclist and pacing towards a good position!

Hannah kept her place within top 10 during the run course and finishes 8th! Dave from his side manages to finish 15th after a stunning race, perfectly paced and strong untill the finishline!

Hannah only 1m away from qualification for Nice!

For both good enough to qualify for their first Ironman 70.3 world championships!
A dream coming true!
3 world championships qualifiers on 1 day already? I was not dreaming!


A very happy Dave after his race in Staffordshire, never thought this was possible 1 year ago!

In the Netherlands, 70.3 racing in Terheijden! Tony is in his last trainingperiod towards Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), this race would a last test and part of optimalization for him! Tony his weakest spot (if we may say this) is swimming, in Terheijden athletes have to swim 2500m instead of 1900m…perfect in full prep towards his IM.

Tony swam well, and this small ‘recovery’ week dit very well in his current shape! On the bike Tony paces at 320NP within HRzones and puts down the bike at exactly 320NP!

Tony, last year running a very strong marathon off the bike in Kona never disappoints when it comes down to racing!

Tony running himself towards the podium in The Netherlands!

A very tough challenger when you meet him in the end of the race!Running his half marathon at 3’50/km he keeps moving up untill the finishline and takes 3rd!

Tony running at the limit in Terheijden!

In Terheijden also MC takes 6th in the female race, which is very good in her first ever 70.3 race!
Our athletes were also involved in 70.3 races in Bonn (Germany), Obernai (France) and Herning (Denmark)!


In Herning the athletes had to conquer cold conditions, rain and wind in the face for the first 50K which made several athletes go into hypothermia!
But also racing in Belgium (1/4distance Beernem). Alex and Dimi both are in great shape and probably their best shape ever! 2 big boys who get faster and stronger by their age. ON this part they had a perfect example in Beernem…with Steven finishing 2nd (40+) in the masters race!

Terrible cold weather in Denmark, but Kenneth kept racing with a smile! Only question is: ‘what’s the song he was playing?’


Steven taking 2nd (masters) in Beernem!

And then, late in the afternoon (European Time) our athletes in Boulder, USA were on for a tough race!
Watertemperature was quite cold but above all altitude was heavy the first days after arrival! Racing at 1600m above sea level is not for everyone. During their first sessions in Boulder their body clearly needed to adapt.
Fortunately Cai, Sam and Vadim had a good preparation trainingwise but also altitude wise with periods of training high or sleeping high! The body surely adapted to racing conditions approaching raceday!
In contradiction to previous years where very hot temperatures were measured in Boulder today’s race would be very cold. With temperatures below 10°C. Which is cold for triathlon!
Fortunately our athletes could directly warm up on the bike, hitting the watts and going in search of the front of their AG!
For Vadim, coming out 6th in AG45 pole position was visible very soon in the race! Sam from his side had a 10′ gap on the leader and Cai got on her bike with the same gap!


Once on the bike endurance, strength and globale shape becomes the most important issue! Our athletes moved up quite fast!
Vadim got company from Swiss Mike Schifferle (Pro untill 2018), with his registration for the race…only 2slots would be divided between the rest of the athletes! Vadim and Schifferle in the lead, up to the opponents to chase them down. But these positions were held untill T2!

Vadim was in 2nd, but had chasing athletes close to him before the start of the marathon! With one of the fastest AG bikesplits and faster than a few Pro’s this 46year old Canadian prooved he was ready for a big effort!

Vadim taking off a few % too hard in Boulder, difficult to see but this small % can come back to an athlete in the very end of the race! ~ 256NP

Sam was aiming for a ride at 250-260NP , not overdoing it to save energy for the tough run course following! Very soon Sam took his place in the top 5 of his AG, once the athletes passed halfway the bikecourse Sam takes the lead and takes a massive advantage of 15′ when he enters T2!

Sam running towards AG victory in Boulder

His bikesplit was good for the 10th overall bikesplit, Pro field included!
Without problems Sam was ready to take his slot and qualify for the 10th time for the Ironman World Champs!

Very constant pacing of Sam, moving up and taking the lead with big dominance

On the bike Cai also did great, the bike discipline is definitely her strongest discipline and it made her move up towards 3rd position! In the first half of the race a couple of othere athletes sticked around her but once got further in the race her advantage on 4th and 5th place become bigger! Big enough to come off the bike with podium ambitions!

Cai riding herself a way towards a possible Ironman podium in Boulder!

3 athletes on the podium at the end of the race? It became a possibility…and this ‘crazy’ weekend definitely gave confidence that all is possible!
Sam moved up very strongly on the runcourse, the further the run was the more advantage he took in his AG…but he also moved up towards the Pro athletes and a very good overall position was in it!

Sam going for a 4h31′ bikesplit in Boulder! Good for an overall (pro included) bikesplit


The runcourse was tough, over 300D+ and a lot of turning combined with altitude didn’t make it an easy job. But he manages to become 14th overall and win his AG by far! Kona qualification was a fact! Packing and flying to Kona for the 10th time in October! When all goes as planned…things seem easy! But things aren’t always as they look like!
For Sam also a preparation is full of ups and downs, being capable of dealing with small setbacks is what makes the difference between winners and losers…

A tough race course in Boulder (300D+) and the organisers also liked to make the marathon 2km longer
Thumbs up for Sam in Boulder – winning his AG with a big advantage!

For Vadim Schifferle (fastest AG athlete – 13th overall) was out of reach from the beginning of the run course, focus on keepin his top3 spot and Kona qualification! Only 3 slots, so no mistakes to be made!
Vadim ran very constantly in the first half of the marathon! But then slowly HR dropped. Not a lot, but by small %. This definitely was caused by his first 40km on the bike, in which he kept a pace slightly to high.

This always comes back to an athlete at a certain point! But, fortunately we are talking about little% and shape, endurance and strength was at 100% before the race. Vadim never dropped a lot of pace keeps fighting untill the finishline, being passed by 1 athlete in the very end he takes podium, 3rd!!
What a day! 3athletes qualified for Kona, 2 athletes qualified for Nice…on 1 day! At this point we passed midnight…so maybe I do was dreaming??!

Vadim fighting for the podium, and succeeding! Kona’s calling!

Unfortunately for our sleepquality Cai was in a very close battle for the podium ànd for a slot! Putting down the bike in 3rd position with quite a gap in front of her. Focussing on her own race and not trying to close a 15′ gap was the best she could do! Behind her, a fast running athlete was coming step by step! With only 2,5km to go her advantage dropped to only 1′. Fortunately Sam already recovered a bit and ecouraged her to keep going strong! With success…taking 3rd place and making the race complete!
unfortunately only 1slot in this AG which means no qualification but marvellous performance…her name needs to be changed to Le’Suffer’!

Cai on the red carpet in Kona, taking 3rd place!

All 3 athletes on the podium in Boulder, this clearly lead to a party

3times Triathlonfire in their legs: Sam (Bel) 1st – Cai (Bel) 3rd – Vadim (Can) 3rd
CU in Kona!

This weekend also means that in Kona we will have ‘thé’ AG squad in the world ready to roll!

Qualifiers for the Ironman World Champs, Hawaii so far:


* Pirmin Christen (Switzerland)

*Alejandro Casado (Spain)

*Javier Cepeda (Colombia)

*Vadim Suraev (Canada)

*Sam Gydé (Belgium)

Working with athletes all around the world remains an eye opener, an experience that’s very unique in the world. Our approach towards training, vision and communication is key! Thanks for all these athletes to give the best of themselves…as we give the best from ourselves!

Straight forward and no-nonsense, at your service!


ciao,

Jesse


Ironman Hawaii 2017, Sam and Pierre in the battle ring!

Yesterday Ironman Hawaii 2017 was held, the World championships Ironman and that one race everybody follows and skips a night for 😉

Our athletes had a good preparation, Sam had after his 11th place  (2nd AG overall) end of July in Lake Placid (USA) and Ironman South Africa in April ( 2nd AG overall) 2 good races in his pocket this season. After Lake Placid training went well, the last weeks before departure he sometimes had to find the small gaps in his time schedule and finished training at 2am. But without a no-nonsense mentality from time to time, no combination of topsport and a fulltime job!
That last part also counts for Pierre, our other athlete in Kona! For Pierre it was his 2nd participation, for Sam his 8th (!)
Pierre from his side had a blocked back in the last 3 weeks before the race and we had to skip a week of training. Fortunately his shape was well. And with 2 Ironmans done this season, confidence was at its place.

During the swimming part the target for both was to keep contact with their racegoals. For Pierre that was a sub 1h15′ swim in the Ocean. For Sam it was getting as close as it could out of the water compared to the other favourites in his AG. With a 1h05′ swim, Sam did the same swim as last year, and never swam better in Kona. Pierre got out in 1h12′! Perfect, everybody on the bike in a good time. Always good for the mental part in the race!

Once on the bike Sam moved up fast, before the race we spoke about a defensive and very realistic pacing plan. Hoping this would end up in a fast and economically paced racing time!
Pierre got the message to pace at 215-230watts, and never to go higher during the race.
Both athletes were pacing perfectly and gained >600 places in the overall race.
Heading towards Hawi he started coming close to the best AG racers already!

Overtaking a group of 15-20 athletes (wheel in wheel) Sam had a motorbike with a referee in his back. Which he knew…So he followed the rules to certainly not bump into a card by an athlete blocking. When he overtook the whole group the referee on the motorbike gave him a card. Why????!!!! was his logical question…’Drafting’ she said!
He swallowed the penalty, and stood still for 5minutes! A a lot of athletes who he took back in the first half of the race could retake him. Which of course makes it difficult AGAIN, having to pass these athletes again.  An athlete riding the FASTEST pace of the whole AG bunch at that moment, passing 600 athletes…is not drafting dearest ‘referee’.

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Halfway the bikecourse Sam was in search of the first AG racers untill a lady on a motorbike kept him away from this.

 

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‘Proof is in the pudding’, they say. Here’s the pudding…The first and 2nd half of the bikecourse Sam rode a comparable wattage and HR. A pacing athlete moving up…This is not ‘a draftfile’. And if we look closer into the file, we can even see a wattage that’s slightly higher (because of having to pass the groups)…

But ok, things are as they are…we immediately noticed that he lost quite some places after 122K…and now we know why. After this ‘penalty’ Sam moved up again and was capable of coming off the bike in 5th position in his AG! Within 6′ of the later winner Huhndorf.

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Before the race we marked 2 topfavourites for the world title: Stubleski (USA – multiple IM AG world champion and current 70.3 world champion) and Olivier Godart (Lux-IM Pro untill January 1st 2017). Despite his 5′ penalty Sam still rode the FASTEST AG split, and the 4th overall AG split. Without that penalty Sam would have put down a 4h38’50” bikesplit and the 2nd overall AG bikesplit behind Jakob Wissum (Denmark) and in touch of the first AG already.  An athlete in that position always have an ‘extra effort’ in the pocket!

Pierre on the otherhand was pacing like asked, while temperatures got warmer and warmer and went up to 37°C with a lot of humidity. Today would become a tough day for all competitors! The feeling of being cooked slowly became to enter the body of Pierre. The run, his topdiscipline would become hard he felt. HR was right, and not heading out too fast out of T2 would become an important issue!

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224NP ~ 69kg was Pierre his bike effort. A good effort which brought him +/-600places up front in the race!

Pierre ran a quite regular run course in Kona, but on a pace that wasn’t his normal pace…and that would be like this for a lot of athletes yesterday in Kona. Frodeno, Kienle, Sanders,…they all had a point where they ran into a wall. But these Pro athletes surely have a higher base-tempo to fall back on.

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Pierre running towards the finishline in Kona!

In the AG race, no athlete ran faster than 3h02’…knowing the best of the best amateur athletes are racing in Kona, that’s not ‘hyperfast’.
But Pierre managed to not crack down and finish the race in 10h35′, which he may be very proud of. The blocked back a few weeks ago almost did us think the worst.

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His 2nd finish in Kona is a fact, Pierre realises a tough edition of the Ironman World champs and is already looking forward to his next race! Time for recovery now first!

On the run course Sam was in battle for the podium a few minutes behind the first athletes in his AG and working his way to an overall top 50. Knowing 50Male Pro athletes may take part of this race, only the best of the best get there, this motivated of course!
The run began well, but very soon Sam kept a good eye on his heartrate, the heat was getting in to his body and he wisely decided to only pace HR wise to survive this tough marathon. After a few miles into the run Sam was spotted 7th. This place he could hold on to untill the end. A tough run today for Sam who took his time to hydrate at the drinkstations and finish well! Sam gets 7th on the world champs today,  after a good race with some bad luck followed by a hot run in which he could defend his spot. Without that penalty I am quite sure he finishes very close to another WC podium!

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Sam on his way to place 68 Pro included and 7th in his AG!

Next to 7th place in his AG (40-44) Sam also showed he’s still there finishing 68th overall, 3rd Belgian (behind Aernouts and a strong Montoisy)!
Very proud of our athletes racing thé endurance event in the world, Ironman world championships, Hawaii.

See you next year: Tony, Van and Bert already qualified and looked at yesterday’s race with big eyes!

But can Sam and Pierre requalify? That’s the question!

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The look of a tired athlete, satisfied having put his 8th Hawaii finishing on his conto! Take your rest, you earned it!

 

Train smart, perform better!

 

Jesse

Ironman World Championships, Hawaii…our athletes in the ring!

3days only, that separate us from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii! Past few months our Ironman athletes gave us goosebumps with so much top performances and world championships 2018 qualifications!

 

But first things first, and all eyes are set on this year’s Ironman World Championships!

2 of our athletes qualified AND took their slot towards the race on saturday!

A high densified field at the starting line, maybe the strongest field ever…

With Jan Frodeno (Ger), McMahon (Can), Don (GBR) ,Kienle (Ger), Lange (Ger), O’Donnel (USA) , Buckingham (RSA), Hoffman (USA) and of course the Belgians Van Lierde and Aernouts….

Our athletes who will try to give their best on raceday:

Pierre Beaufort (Bel – AG 35-39):

  • 2nd time in Hawaï, qualified in Ironman South Africa after a strong race.
  • Strength: Fast run off the bike –  prooved in Frankfurt that even in tough conditions he stands tall.
  • Weakness: Has to fight himself into the race after the swimcourse.
  • Remarkable facts: 3rd Ironman in 2017, blocked back 3weeks ago which took him 5days away from training, loves the Kona-atmosphere!

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Sam Gydé  (Bel – AG 40-44):

  • 8th time in Hawaï, Multiple AG winner. 11th Overall in his last IM (Lake Placid -USA), qualified earlier this season in IM South Africa.
  • Strength: Consistent athlete,  Prooved last year that the race is over at the finishline, taking back 3rd AG place in the last mile.
  • Weakness: Has no time to draft.
  • Remarkable facts: Last weeks before departure to Kona he finished his sessions at 2AM. At least the jetlag won’t harm him.

 

 

Saturday evening (European time), we’ll follow our athletes with lots of pleasure!

Our 2018 qualifiers can look and learn for their race next year :-)!

ciao
Jesse

 

 

 

 

Recap 2016: September – October…Like A farmer starts plowing in winter to harvest in the end!

Like a farmer starts plowing in winter, sows in spring and harvests at the end of the summer our athletes realised the same if you look at the World Championships qualifications.

  • World Championships Duathlon, Switzerland (10-150-30): Jan
  • World Championships Ironman70.3, Australia: Raph – Sophie
  • World Championships Xterra, Maui Hawaii: Joeri
  • World Championships Ironman, Kona – Hawaii: Pierre-Heather-Sam

Being qualified for those races is already great to do, it’s a dream coming true for most athletes. But clearly everybody was seriously motivated to perform well in the world championships. In Australia Raph and Sophie had a great experience at the other side of the world and in this fast field of athletes they did what they were supposed to do!

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Sophie and Raphael in the Ironman World Championships 70.3!

In Switzerland it was Jan who once more amazed by getting into the top 15 overall and becoming 1st AG!

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Jan ‘Jantje’ Meysmans 4* AG world Champion Duathlon

In Hawaii, the best long distance triathletes of the world take part of the most magical race around. Pierre, Heather and Sam had a fantastic day and could show what they are made of! Sam had fantastic running off the bike and got himself on the podium becoming 3rd AG! In 2years Sam got 3Ironman AG wins and 1 3rd place at the World Championships!For Pierre this experience was what he needed, 2days after the race he already said he would like to come back. The whole island breaths triathlon. Heather got a blocked nerve only 2 weeks before the race, but right on time her body was released to perform!

2 weeks later, a bit further in Hawaii…in Maui it was Joeri who was ready for the XTERRA world championships! His first World championships, after a very nice season in races all over Europe it was his cherry on the pie with a 12th place in his AG at the end!

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But harvesting doesn’t necessarily needs to be done in Championships!

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Cai winning her AG in Gerardmer XL, surrounded with fans!

With victories in ‘The Beast’  (Half irondistance, UK) , Regional championships triathlon in France, Triathlon Halifax (Canada) and several wins and podiumspots in  triathlon and cyclingraces in Canada, France,Germany ,Holland and Belgium this month was just great.

 

Our athletes racing in Ironman Barcelona and Mallorca all got their ticket to the finishline and delivered personal topperformances! The 5th overall spot of Adrian in Ironman70.3 Turkey signified that all is possible…if only you work for it!

September-October is also the period where u throw your road/TT bike on the attic and change it for the turbo or mountainbike!

The first cyclocrossraces were on and in Canada Andreas showed that a Swiss athlete is never to underestimate offroad. With a 3rd place in Xterra Woolastook (Can) he ended his triathlonseason like a boss!

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3rd Overall at Xterra Woolastook for Andreas

We started in Australia…and we will end this recap in Australia, september-october was also the period in which the famous Crocodile Trophy, a mountainbike stage race in the Outback of Australia took place. Bjorn was ready for it, and after a crash in stage 1 he only kept growing in this race! With a 3rd, a 2nd and a 1st place in the stages he did better than expected and refound himself as a cyclist!

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Bjorn working with his MTB towards a stage win!

And like a real farmer, now it’s time to work hard in silence!

Ciao
Jesse

A weekend with plenty of surprises!

Past weekend was a very loaded weekend with Ironman South Africa, Ironman 70.3 Florida, 111Portocolom, Regional Champs road Cycling, Duathlon Ter Idzard and of course Marathon des Sables!

In Ironman South Africa we had 3 athletes going for their first race of the season: Sam, Cai and Pierre. Halfway the bikecourse Sam and Cai were close to get on their first Ironmanpodium of the season, while Pierre was pacing like asked.

Earlier in the morning Sam woke up with GI-issues and slowly he ran empty. Once off the bike he decided  not to run and overload his body. In Klagenfurt Austria he gets another chance which he will fully take!

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Unfortenately Sam woke up with GI issues, which slowly emptied his tank. His HR shows us how he ran empty after 130k

And so chances to get a podium or a slot for Ironman Hawaii for one of our athletes got smaller, BUT both Pierre and Cai were well trained and in shape to race hard. Cai came off the bike as 3rd, Pierre put his bike in T2 as 18th. So both were in the game for their ticket.

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Sam testing his new bike, but having GI issues, now he knows how to finetune he bike

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Cai paced her  race very well, and once on the run she could keep fighting for the podium. Unfortenately she missed the podium by 1 spot. Knowing this was her agegroupwinner, we can say she earned the podium!

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Cai – Mum, doctor, triathlete,…and raw- may be very proud of her performance, we’ll get her an earned bronze medal ourselves!

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Pierre ran a consistent marathon – build up your race, don’t crash!

Pierre ran out of T2 very fast, we knew by his prepraces his shape was very well. But how would his body react on running off the bike after 180K? Well, he kept on going and ran a consistent marathon, which resulted in a great performance. Pierre who chased his slot for years now became part of the Ironman Elite winning  his Slot for the Ironman World Championships Hawaii! Well Pierre, you can book your flight to Kona!

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Pierre was a bit nervous before raceday, big waves in SA! But this never took his mind away of chasing a dream: Qualifying for Kona!

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Sam:”I tried but it was not going to happen. I came for the win – no other race plan, so it would be silly to waste more energy.” Sam started his road to Ironman Austria yesterday!

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Here he is, the CondrozMan…winter is much more severe over there than in the rest of Belgium and still…he qualified for Kona,Hawaii! A relaxed, stressless 2016 towards Hawaii is left! Enjoy!

In Portocolom 111 Arne and Stefanie took part of the game! Arne had an irregular winter behind him and it would be hard to push back the 100hilly kilometers. Halfway he was doing well, but then he felt u can’t fool the basic principles. An early spring race is a good way to think and work from towards the rest of the season.

Stefanie went out with ambitions, but after the national Xduatlon championships she suffered of some kind of virus, with only  4 weeks left after these nationals,a long nighttrip to Mallorca  and of course studying things weren’t always easy. But still, the date of the race stayed the same: 10th of april. During the last 10days slowly she started feeling better. Stefanie didn’t ride her PB wattage on the bike and that must have played in the head. But with only 14watt NP

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Powerfile – bikecourse Portocolom ’16

 

less than her victory rides last year she did what was possible that day. Emma Bilham sure was a deserved winner, Stefanie at the end of the race took a nice podium again and got 3rd. An athlete with ambitions and sure tough and beautifull races coming!

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Stefanie gets 3rd at the 111Portocolom behind E.Bilham as a winner. And look who won the men’s race 😉 Congratulations MVC!

In Florida70.3 Ironman Allan and Andreas, both hungry like wild wolves towards their first race of the season, had a great racing location. They left cold Canada behind them and chose for the heat of Florida! Both were well prepared, a lot of their sessions were done indoors and feeling the road under their wheels must have given inspiration.

Allan took off very well on the swim and immediately was in the front of his game during the bikecourse. Before the race we targeted a certain amount  of power to ride which he could maintain without blowing up his body. With a good off bike run he could keep his spot and finished 13th in this IM70.3

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A hilly bike course – but a steady ride, the perfect recipe for a good off-bike run

Andreas did what u never must do before a race, forgetting to bring a wetsuit! So it was a non-wetsuit swim for him! Still he did well, but lost 1-2′ and got more stuck between the slower bikers.So chasing was his option…and so he did! Once off the bike he also felt great and with a 1h26’run on this hilly course he moved up to 17th position!

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The hills around the run course in Florida make the race a bit more challenging

Earlier on saturday Jan realised his first overall win in one of his favourite Dutch races at Ter Idzard. This 10-40-5 non-drafting duathlon came after a good 10 days in the Italian mountains! This is a race that’s  very satisfying, last year he crashed very hard and now he showed that an athlete is only defeated when he gives up! Fight back, don’t play Calimero, and try to be the best you can! Jan did…everybody can!

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“Fight back after your crash, fight back and try to win (and stop eating Snickers)!” is what we said to Jan. He did! Look how proud a man can be!

Also our cyclists are doing great, we saw Maarten and Svenne always in the breakaway at Diest (1.18) and this resulted in another podium for Svenne! He is doing super this season, and already very early in the season. While Dries and Anthony had regional championships road cycling, both did a good race and seem to get back on track after their crashes!

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Svenne is about cycling and smiling in one sentence, he loves to train…and loves to make the races! 3rd and a lot of healthy fruit to eat – aged 41 he’s only getting stronger it seems.

 

Think positive,think forward…and fast forward a lot of nice things will happen!

Jesse

 

 

A weekend to remember – about winning and trying to win – Ironman Hawaii and Half Empuriabrava

Yes, 10th october was the date to save…Ironman Hawaii!

Sam , Hans and Raphael qualified for this A-race, Raphael said no to his slot and choose for the IM70.3 world champs in Zell. As a young athlete we are sure Hawaii comes back for him.

Sam qualified by overall AG winning in South Africa and Mount-Tremblant, Hans did this in the European Champs in Frankfurt!

Both had a marvellous season behind them and were ready to go into this race!

All went well, when we saw from the beginning of the bike course both were moving up very quickly. They were close to each other at the beginning (within  1′ is  close in such a race).

But very soon it was clear that Sam was doing very good on the bike, he realised bikesplits that were very fast. In the third section he rode faster than Frodeno, Kienle and all other competitors. At that point he was going very hard. Was it too hard? Maybe.  Sam was out there  for being the  best I and not for an average performance. That was his goal, that was where he went for!

After exactly 100K on the bike we notice a sudden change in graphs for Sam. Which didn't happen in any 2015 races before.

After exactly 100K on the bike we notice a sudden change in graphs for Sam. Which didn’t happen in any 2015 races before.

Very soon we had the feeling Hans was  having a very good day as well. He wasn’t losing a lot of time on the pro riders, even winning on pro-group 3. At Hawi he showed up very fast and it was clear he  was pacing perfectly. Being there in  such an environment gave him the wings he needed for this race! Hans never had podium ambitions, but what he did have was the ambition of  being as good as possible!

Hans his power - HR - Cadence file is steady. Well paced and nothing than feeling good on the bike

Hans his power – HR – Cadence file is steady. He begun a bit harder than expected. But needed to ride away from the pelotons. Where ‘legal’draft is a real disease.

All was going well till Sam suddenly, after 100K  got hit by a hammer. We noticed several things out of his files and for sure this wasn’t what we expected to happen. These things we could put together.

  • Pain in the back
  • A big drop in HR of 10BPM
  • A drop in Power
  • A much lower Cadence – 10RPM
  • Finally resulting into cramps in the last 40K where he lost much time, coming of the bike with cramped muscles.

Sam took off very hard, maybe slightly too hard.

Sam took off very hard,
maybe slightly too hard, maybe something was blocked in  the back. The powermeter was showing a beginning between 10 and 45milesof 296NP

These splits turned out in a 269NP for Hans, coming from behind this was just a great effort to start running in the top 100. It should be good for the 4th overall AG bikesplit.

These splits turned out in a 269NP for Hans, coming from halfway the field this was just a great effort to start running in the top 100. It should be good for the 4th overall AG bikesplit.

So where we expected Hans and Sam coming off the bike …suddenly only Hans turned up. And it lasted for minutes before Sam showed up. First thoughts were going to a bikecrash. Fortunately this didn’t happen.

269NP without aero helmet ;-), or after all ... the legs push the body...Hans crushing it on the bike!

269NP without aero helmet ;-), or after all … the legs push the body…Hans crushing it on the bike!

Sam never showed up as fast in Hawi before, but the end of the bike was a torture. After 100K it snapped somewhere.

Sam never showed up as fast in Hawi before, but the end of the bike was a torture. After 100K it snapped somewhere.

Hans  came off the bike with a super-output and feeling, he started the marathon at 4’23/km which was too fast for him. But we forgive him, he was enjoying his race and running between fast runners in a races simply pushes you also! After 10K he wisely reduced tempo a bit to run to the finishline without any problems! Hans set a great performance of which we are very proud. He made a long way past years becoming a toptriathlete and I will never forget where he came from as being a cyclist. Past year he won his first duatlon, his first half triathlon, became european Champ duatlon and now he was out there…racing in  Kona! A dream coming true, living it together with his biggest supporter  Carine (who took most of the  photos in this blog). In tritraining it is very important to have a good periodisation, Hans was on the spot…from april till october. Call  him a Flandrien!

Hans running down to the finishline and crossing the line with a big smile! Thumbs up!

Hans running down to the finishline and crossing the line with a big smile! Thumbs up!

For Sam the beginning of the  run was just struggling with his cramps, and that’s not good for the mind of course…Despite that he was still in the game for getting his AG podium or even  a win, but cramps ruined this. He started the marathon in pain and walked by the residence where he stayed, thinking about getting a shower.

This wasn't the run we expected, Sam was in pain but after 10K of walking he got in a 4'38/km pace again with walks to not get into cramps

This wasn’t the run we expected, Sam was in pain but after 10K of walking he got in a 4’38/km pace again with walks to not get into cramps.

This is the way Sam normally runs. This HRprofile we see again after 10K on the run. Of course with the cramps and walk on a bit slower pace.

This is the way Sam normally runs. This HRprofile we see again after 10K on the run. Of course with the cramps and walk on a bit slower pace.

Evaluating Hans his run we see he took off a bit too hard, but still this is a very normal graph for Ironmanracing. Most athletes will have this kind of graphs. Try to be very regular and not burn yourself too soon!

Evaluating Hans his run we see he took off a bit too hard, but still this is a very normal graph for Ironmanracing. Most athletes will have this kind of graph. Try to be very regular and not burn yourself too soon!

And after 10K of walking and not getting in his pace he took off again.Whole race long cramps where there and that for already a very long time! Supporters and other athletes who respect him for the athlete he is motivated him. At that point it was about having the real Ironmanspirit, or not.  

Sam in pain, but not giving up!

Sam in pain, but not giving up!

After 10K his run got better and he took back lot’s of people! The last 30K he ran an avg of 4’38/km without getting pushed. For him this wasn’t about performance anymore, but about chasing the finishline. Running 4’38/km in cramps and walking by the aid stations means energywise there was no problem. What the problem was and why he got in to cramps we are looking for. We have some ideas and for sure it will have been a chain of a few things.

The positive point is that Sam took back lots of crashing people, and showed up at the finishline just after Hans coming in.

No words needed I guess..

No words needed I guess..

Later that day I heard a very happy athlete and an athlete with some disappointment.

Ironman Hawaii was done, nothing could be changed about the result. But it was legendary again with a strong Frodeno and too many crashing Belgians!

Both athletes get rest now for a few weeks, but you may know that 1 of them already is very keen on his next Ironman.

At the same day Stefanie was racing in Empuriabrava (Half Triathlon), Stefanie is doing great races this period and once again hammer was on the block for her!

Stefanie pushes 232watts NP away on this bike course! Which was good for the best female bikesplit!

Stefanie pushes 232watts NP on this bike course! Which was good for the best female bikesplit!

In Empuria Stefanie did a good swim and took  victory by coming off the bike very strong. The 232NP she pushed is  hard in female racing! It gave her some time ahead of the 2nd and 3rd woman. On the run she could run steady at 4’27/km for the first 15K. But at that point she was sure of winning the race and slowed down (because it got tough) to a 4’35/km.

For Stefanie season is almost done, and it’s clear…she was hungry at the end of this season.

2nd consecutive podium for Stefanie in Empuria. She may be proud putting 2 Half distances on her resume!

2nd consecutive podium for Stefanie in Empuria. She may be proud putting 2 Half distances on her resume!

We have won together past weekend and we have not won together. But anyway we will win again! 

A proud coach about the way our athletes acted in their races and dealed with situations!

Jesse